Mike Carey (basketball)

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Mike Carey
Coach Carey by Cheryl Vorhis.jpg
Sport(s) Women's basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team West Virginia
Conference Big 12
Record 346–182 (.655)
Biographical details
Born (1958-07-04) July 4, 1958 (age 58)
Clarksburg, West Virginia
Playing career
1977–1980 Salem International University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1980–1983 Flemington HS (boys' varsity)
1983–1987 Liberty HS
1987–1988 Salem (men's asst.)
1988–2001 Salem / Salem-Teikyo (men's)
2001–present West Virginia
Head coaching record
Overall 634–284 (.691)
Accomplishments and honors
WVIAC Freshman of the year (1977)
Big East Coach of the Year (2004, 2010)

Michael Alan Carey (born July 4, 1958)[1] is the current head coach of the West Virginia University women's basketball team. He had previously served as head basketball coach for the Salem International University men's basketball team.

Carey played basketball for Salem International University, earning a letter in each of his four years at the school.[2] In his freshman year, he was named the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference freshman of the year,[2] an honor his son would win in 2006.[3]

High school[edit]

Born and raised in in Clarksburg, West Virginia,[4] Carey was active in three sports while attending Liberty High School.[5]

College career[edit]

Carey played basketball each of his four years at Salem. He was named the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference(WVIAC) freshman of the year in 1977. He went on to be the conference scoring leader in 1978, and earned MVP honors for Salem in 1979. In that year, he was also named to the WVIAC all-conference team. In his four years at Salem, he scored over 2,000 points.[6] Carey was named to the Salem Athletic Hall of Fame in 1993.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

Flemington and Clarksburg Liberty[edit]

After graduating from Salem in 1980 with a degree in physical education,[6] Carey was offered a position to be an assistant coach of the boys' team at the high school Flemington, West Virginia. Carey was interested, but the job offer came with a catch. He also had to be the head coach of the girls' team. He accepted the offer.[7] He went on to coach girls' basketball at the high school level for seven years, in Flemington and at Liberty High School in Clarksburg, West Virginia. In his final year as high school coach, he earned coach of the year honors from Harrison County and coached the team to the regional finals.[8]


Carey returned to his alma mater and became the assistant coach for the Salem men's basketball program in 1987. After one year as an assistant he became the head coach in 1988. The program did not have a history of success, posting an 8–19 record in the year before he took over,[6] but Carey coached the team to a winning record in his first year as head coach. In thirteen seasons, his teams had only one losing record. In nine of the thirteen years, the team won more than 20 games. Twice, the teams made it to the Division II Elite eight and in 1997, the team made it to the Division II Final Four.[8]

Carey celebrated his milestone 250th victory on January 29, 2000, in an 86–76 victory over Shepherd College. At the time, he had coached teams to the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship five times.[9] By the time he completed his coaching career at Salem, teams he coached made seven post-season appearances, with five in the NCAA division II tournaments, and two in the NAIA tournaments.[10]

West Virginia[edit]

Carey took over a team that had only five wins in its previous season.[11] In his first season, the team improved to 14–14, and has had only one losing season since (15–16 in 2005–06). On January 29, 2008, West Virginia would upset Rutgers University, then ranked #4 in the country, representing the highest ranked team they had beaten in school history.[11]

Carey talking to Coaching staff at WVU-UConn game 4 January 2012

In 2007–08, the team earned its first top 20 ranking in school history, reaching as high as 11th place in both major polls. They ended the year at 25–8, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.[6]

In 2009–10, West Virginia won a school-record 29 games. The team was ranked as high as #7 in the AP Poll during the year, and reached semi-finals of the Big East Women's Basketball Tournament, only to fall to Connecticut. Despite the success of the year, Carey still has not achieved one of his goals—to beat Connecticut. He said, "This is my 10th year and we've beat every team in the conference except Connecticut".[12] The team was undefeated at home for only the second time in program history. The Big East voted him co-coach of the year, along with Geno Auriemma.[6]

Carey's 200th win at West Virginia occurred on February 19, 2011, in a game against Pittsburgh. West Virginia had failed to win in their previous three attempts to reach the 200 win milestone, but the team prevailed against Pittsburgh 90–79.[13]

After a 24–10 season in 2011, Carey's Mountaineers lost five seniors to graduation. The team has four incoming freshman, a class ranked #21, by ESPNU HoopGurlz.[14]

On December 28, Carey's team helped him reach a milestone–his 500th career victory. The game didn't start out like it would finish—opponent Bucknell University started out with a 6–2 lead before the Mountaineers ran off 12 straight points to take a large lead. West Virginia ended up winning easily, 72–30, leading to Carey's 212th win at West Virginia, and his 500th career victory, after 228 wins at Salem.[7][15]

Carey's team achieved their biggest win in basketball history on February 12, 2011, when they beat Notre Dame at Notre Dame 65–53. Notre Dame had only a single loss prior to the win, and was ranked # 2 in the nation, by both the AP and ESPN Coaches poll.[16]

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Salem International University (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1988–2001)
1988–89 Salem 14–13
1989–90 Salem 19–12
1990–91 Salem 22–9
1991–92 Salem 9–17
1992–93 Salem 25–7
1993–94 Salem 24–4
1994–95 Salem 17–10
1995–96 Salem 20–9
1996–97 Salem 28–3
1997–98 Salem 28–3
1998–99 Salem 28–4
1999–00 Salem 28–4
2000–01 Salem 26–7
Salem: 288–102 (.738)
West Virginia (Big East Conference) (2001–2011)
2001–02 West Virginia 14–14 6–10
2002–03 West Virginia 15–13 4–12 T-11th
2003–04 West Virginia 21–11 10–6 T-6th NCAA 1st Round
2004–05 West Virginia 21–13 7–9 T-6th WNIT Runner-up
2005–06 West Virginia 15–16 4–12 12th
2006–07 West Virginia 21–11 11–5 4th NCAA 2nd Round
2007–08 West Virginia 25–8 12–4 3rd NCAA 2nd Round
2008–09 West Virginia 18–15 5–11 T-11th WNIT 2nd round
2009–10 West Virginia 29–6 13–3 T-2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2010–11 West Virginia 24–10 8–8 10th NCAA 2nd Round
2011–12 West Virginia 24–10 11–5 T-4th NCAA 2nd Round
West Virginia (Big East): 227–127 (.641) 91–76 (.545)
West Virginia (Big 12 Conference) (2012–present)
2012–13 West Virginia 17–14 9–9 T-5th NCAA 1st Round
2013–14 West Virginia 30–5 16–2 T-1st NCAA 2nd Round
2014–15 West Virginia 23–15 7–11 T–7th WNIT Runner Up
2015–16 West Virginia 25–10 12–6 3rd NCAA 2nd Round
2016–17 West Virginia 24–11 8-10 6th NCAA 2nd Round
West Virginia (Big 12): 118–54 (.686) 52–41 (.559)
West Virginia (Overall): 346–182 (.655)
Total: 634–284 (.691)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Mike Carey is married to Cheryl (Minnix) Carey. Together, they have four children—Chris, Chelsy, Craig and Chelby. Chris played basketball for Fairmont State,[10] where he won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference freshman of the year, an award also won by his father.[3] Craig played on the practice team for the women's team, a team made up of men and women who serve as a practice squad for the varsity team. He is now on the West Virginia University men's basketball team.[17] Chelsy Carey is on the cheer leading squad for the women's team.[18] Chelby Carey played basketball for the Morgantown High School girls' basketball team.[19][20]

Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved 25 Sep 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Mike Carey". MSNsportsNET.com. 
  3. ^ a b Cochran, Duane (February 27, 2006). "McKIE, CAREY, ZIMMERMAN WIN TOP WVIAC BASKETBALL AWARDS". Fairmont State University. 
  4. ^ Davis, Andrew (June 17, 2010). "WVU basketball coaches to appear at Coalton Days". The Inter-Mountain. 
  5. ^ Fletcher, Terry (May 12, 2010). "Coaching Chaos". 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "2010-11 WVU Women's Basketball Guide". issuu.com. October 26, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Antonik, John (December 28, 2011). "500 and Counting for Carey". MSNsportsNET.com. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Carvelli, Michael (January 11, 2011). "Mike Carey has turned program into a winner". The Daily Athenaeum. 
  9. ^ Pickle, David (Feb 28, 2000). "The NCAA News". NCAA. 
  10. ^ a b Cochran, Duane (November 24, 2004). "Chris Carey signs with FS Men's Basketball". Fairmont State University. 
  11. ^ a b Falgoust, J. Michael (2008-02-26). "West Virginia women join Big East elite". USA Today. 
  12. ^ Deitsch, Richard (November 12, 2010). "Women's Power Rankings: UConn's vulnerable, so Baylor tops board". Sports Illustrated. 
  13. ^ "Local College Basketball Roundup". Parkersburg News and Sentinel. February 20, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Carey’s Recruiting Class Nationally Ranked". West Virginia MetroNews Network. 2011-06-27. 
  15. ^ Brown, Julie (December 28). "Carey Earns Win No. 500". MSNsportsNET.com. Retrieved 30 December 2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ "West Virginia hits late free throws to stun No. 2 Notre Dame". ESPN. Retrieved 13 February 2012. 
  17. ^ Manning, Sean (March 11, 2011). "WVU Men's Basketball Player Profile: Craig Carey". West Virginia Illustrated. West Virginia Media Holdings, LLC. 
  18. ^ Sullivan, Susan (March 20, 2009). "Mountaineer Spirit Alive at WVU Women's Basketball". The State Journal. Mountaineer Spirit Alive at WVU Women's Basketball. 
  19. ^ Hanlon, Eric (March 2, 2011). "Mohigans' girls out of miracles Byard (26), Huskies in a runaway". Charleston Daily Ma. 
  20. ^ Bowen, Mike (March 3, 2010). "The Times West Virginian". 
  21. ^ Hays, Graham (January 14, 2011). "Mike Carey carries WVU to 16-1 start". ESPN. 

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